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Manila LGU, various orgs launch waste collection campaign


THE City Government of Manila, in partnership with various organizations, launched on Saturday the “Kolek, Kilo and Kita” (Collect, Weigh and Earn) program that allows residents to exchange their collected plastic wastes for staple household items.

The launch was conducted simultaneously in Balut, Tondo and Punta, Sta. Ana.

In the program, residents can exchange plastic wastes such as shampoo sachets, candy wrappers and junk food packaging. Plastic bottles, however, will not be accepted.

TRASH TO GOODS Residents of Barangay 128 in Tondo, Manila bring sacks of used sachet packs in exchange for goods per kilo in an event named ‘Kolek, Kilo and Kita’ on Saturday. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE AGCAOLI

In coordination with Unilever Philippines, every kilo of plastic wastes will be exchanged for P10 worth of their products such as fabric softeners, detergents and shampoo.

“Lahat ng plastic sa mga bahay ay pwede nilang i-surrender na kikiluhin, tapos for every kilo merong corresponding na P10 worth na ibibigay sa kanila na products (They can collect plastic wastes from their homes, which we will weigh. Every kilo of waste, will be exchanged with P10 worth of products),” Vice Mayor Maria Shielah Lacuna said.

Benjie Yap, Unilever Philippines’ chairman and chief executive officer, said the organizations will collect and process plastic wastes more than their sales by year 2025 as their commitment to the environment.

The collected garbage will be turned over to Republic Cement Services Inc., which will then use it as an alternative to fuel the Kiln that processes cement.

“’Yan ay dadalhin sa planta namin ishe-shred at gagawin naming alternative fuel. Imbis na coal, ‘yan ang gagamitin namin (The collected plastic will be brought to our plant, where it will be shredded and used as an alternative fuel. Instead of using coal, we will use the [plastic wastes]),” Renato Sunico, Republic Cement Services Inc. president, said.


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